The Constitution Unit

The Constitution Unit conducts timely, rigorous, independent research into constitutional change and the reform of political institutions. Our research has significant real-world impact, informing policy-makers engaged in such changes – both in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Our academic projects have a practical focus and our expertise spans across various subject areas, such as elections and referendums, parliament, government, monarchies, judicial politics, deliberative democracy, and devolution. Some of our major reports include regulating appointments to the House of Lords, improving the rules and practice of referendums in British democracy, why the House of Commons should govern its own time, and examining how a referendum on Northern Ireland’s constitutional future would best be conducted.

The Constitution Unit was founded in 1995 to conduct detailed research and planning on constitutional reform in the UK. We continue to fulfil that remit, but also assess the effects of reforms that have taken place, and research constitutional and political arrangements beyond the UK.

The Unit is housed in UCL’s Department of Political Science. We collaborate with scholars and practitioners all over the world, drawn from politics, law and the public service. We have a blog, a regular newsletter and a lively events programme. You can view, or listen to, our past events online.

The Constitution Unit is led by Director Professor Meg Russell FBA, with Dr Alan Renwick as Deputy Director.

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Recent Reports

By Dr Alan Rewick

This report from UK think tank the Constitution Unit is the final report of the Working Group on Irish reunification.…

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By Meg Russell; Daniel Gover

This report from UK think tank the Constitution Unit looks at why the House of Commons should govern its own…

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By Various Authors

This report from UK think tank the Constitution Unit looks at how any future referendums on Ireland should best be…

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By Paul Evans

This report from UK think tank the Constitution Unit looks at whether there should be an executive veto over legislation…

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By Edited by Meg Russell; Time Bale; Adam Cygan

This report by UK think tank the Constitution Unit looks at parliament’s role in the Brexit process to date. The…

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By Alan Renwick; Michela Palese

This report from UK think tank the Constitution Unit looks at how information and discourse in election and referendum campaigns…

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